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RATINGS: 750   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Brown pour, light tan head. Light molasses, rye and some chocolate. Flavor has the rye and hops along with some chocolate and the creaminess from the oats. Lightly flavor of peat as well. I look forward to trying a big pour of this. Very nice and very different.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2010
bottle thanks to boomer0813. poured dark brown almost black with a tan colored head. aroma was dark roast, coffee, spices, and rye. flavor was much along the same lines, but with the addition of some dark fruits. body was almost medium with high carbonation. i was hoping this would be more along the lines of the previous imperial stout.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 Bomber from shallos. Not much to smell, which is a disappointment I must admit. Pours nicely, deep brown, though the head could be darker. Tastes of molasses and some roasty oatmeal, though Iím not getting the promised fig or creme brulee flavors. Nice and foamy and goes down smooth. If you canít tell Iím fairly disappointed, as the description built up a lot of anticipation, but overall, its not the worst imperial Iíve had.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle at Shallos, shared with Brother Nathan. Pours very black with slight brown edge and quick fading brown head. Nose is very faint with slight roasted malt, dark red fruits and chocolate. Taste is mildy carbonated, fizzy chocolate with some orange-borderline Belgian notes and a dry eathy finish. Not quite what I was expecting. Not terrible, but all the components in this one seem to be at odds.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
75cl bottle, RBWG. Red-black body topped by large brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, molasses, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, syrup, light burnt, earthy. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Pours with a huge brown head, near black body. Pretty good lace too. Chocolatey and earthy aroma. Leather, light vanilla, fudge. Lightly smokey and lightly fruity, some alcohol. Taste is chocolatey, ash, nutshells. Very earthy, light hop volatiles. Lively bubbles.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
750ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a Tank 7 tulip. Lots of carbonation, a little too much actually. Poured a deep black with a huge head of tan foam. Roasted barley/black patent in the aroma with some dark fruit and some hops. Big, full bodied and smooth. Roasty with lots of malt. More fruit. Complex maltiness. Long lingering finish of roasted/chocolate malt. Another winner in the Smokestack series.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a large tan head, some lacing. Taste of coffee, fruit, and faint molasses. I liked, but it was not outstanding.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Iím a Bully lover, so I was anxiously awaiting the release of Dark Truth. With the Boulevard track record pairing with one of my favorite styles, how could it go wrong? Well, first there was the slight delay in the release date...but surely this would only make the beer better. Popped the 750mL bottle tonight an poured an opaque black liquid with a big, fizzy tan head with a good amount of clingy lace. Hm, very little aroma - must be the oversized head. First sip, chocolate, soap (?), plums, and just a hint of burnt sugar. What the heck is that soap flavor, and why am I having flashbacks to the bad batch of Bourbon Barrel Quad? Something went wrong at my favorite Midwestern brewery in the latter months of 2009, and Iím afraid it dragged Dark Truth down with the BBQ! Slightly overcarbonated, but nice and smooth otherwise. This one will need a re-rate when the second run comes out, maybe the kinks will be worked out and this one will really shine!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Pours very dark brown with a mahogany hue with a large dark tan dense head. The aroma has dark roasted malt, chocolate, cream, dates, molasses, figs and light spice. The body is fairly thick and is quite smooth with gently flowing carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma traits with some spicy hops, light char and is quite dry. The finish has some nice warmth, but doesnít seem to be as strong in alcohol as stated on the bottle. Another very nice offering from Boulevard.


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